Jury finds Minnesota woman violated copyright law in music download trial

“The recording industry won a key fight today against illegal music downloading when a federal jury found a Brainerd woman liable for damages for sharing copyrighted music online,” The Associated Press reports.

“Jurors ordered Jammie Thomas, 30, to pay record companies $220,000 – the sum of $9,250 for each of 24 songs for which the companies sought damages,” AP reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yeesh! The music cartel honchos are smiling today.

96 Comments

  1. Why is it that the record companies are so evil for doing this? The music IS their product. Your ARE paying for the right to USE not to OWN the material. Unfortunately, some many are failing to recognize that key point and this is the result.

    Think of it on a smaller scale, if you did a homework assigment for school, your little friend stole it, turned it in and got an A and u got nothing but an F, u’ll probably go hunting for him. Same thing here.

  2. “Think of it on a smaller scale, if you did a homework assigment for school, your little friend stole it, turned it in and got an A and u got nothing but an F, u’ll probably go hunting for him. Same thing here.”

    Except in this case you got someone else to do it for you and gave them next to nothing in return, then it got stolen.

  3. $9250.00 per song, and I bet the artist won’t see a penny of it. The jurors are just as much at fault for allowing such a high penalty. But then, they don’t pick the brightest people for jury duty…… Oh well!

    MDN word: “boy” what a crock

  4. The penalty is stiff, but the law is pretty clear and she (presumably knowingly) violated it. They’re entitled to damages, even if they are soulless companies.

    Stealing from a company is no less wrong when that company is huge and wealthy.

  5. ‘Why is it that the record companies are so evil for doing this?’

    ‘$220K is nothing to the RIAA. $220K is financial ruin to the mother. I think the penalty is quite disproportionate and disgusting.’

  6. “what makes the music companies think they are so damn important to be able to ruin people’s lives like this.”

    What makes you so stupid to think you can steal from billion dollar businesses and not have them come after you for it?

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